If you happen to find yourself slurping braised beef noodle soup in Irvine, you're likely in a Taiwanese restaurant. The big names in town—A & J, Lao Dong, Chef Hung—are all Taiwanese. And each claim to serve the best bowl of niu rou mian, which is to Taiwan what pho is to Vietnam. It's a concoction that starts with a sugary, spice-laden dark beef broth capable of being a meal unto itself, poured over thick noodles and with plenty of the now-falling-apart chunks of meat to... More >>>